Harris Corporation to Develop New Narrowband Soldier Radio Waveform for US Department of Defense

January 11, 2017


  • Extends the point-to-point range for warfighter communications, while reducing required spectrum
  • Will be included on all U.S. Army program of record tactical radios
  • Contract is an important part of U.S. Army’s modernization effort

Harris Corporation’s Communication Systems business (NYSE:HRS) has been awarded a three-year contract by the National Spectrum Consortium to develop a new narrowband mode of the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) for the U.S. Department of Defense.

The new narrowband mode will decrease the amount of spectrum required when deploying an Infantry Brigade Combat Team. This will help extend the warfighter’s point-to-point communications range, enabling reliable voice and data communications transmission over varying terrain.

Warfighters today use wideband SRW to transmit higher bandwidth information, such as video and images, over shorter point-to-point distances. The narrowband mode of SRW will extend point-to-point ranges, provide electronic counter-countermeasures, and enhance network scalability. This will allow more users – including other U.S. services and coalition partners – on the network without degrading reliability or performance.

“The new narrowband waveform is part of the U.S. Army’s continued modernization efforts that are providing warfighters with ever-increasing capabilities,” said Chris Young, president, Harris Communication Systems. “The Harris team will apply our expertise in waveforms and tactical radios to develop and deliver this needed waveform to warfighters on the battlefield.”

About Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $7.5 billion in annual revenue and 21,000 employees worldwide. The company is organized into four business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems, Electronic Systems and Critical Networks. Learn more at harris.com.

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